S.M.A.R.T – Stretch, Move, Add it up, Reduce Strain, Talk to a physiotherapist

Along with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, we are providing you with the following information sheets to help you remain healthy. Simply download any below.

SMART Walking

Taking a S.M.A.R.T. approach to your mobility will also enhance your enjoyment of this physical activity, whether you’re just beginning to get out and walk or trying to gain more from your walking program.

SMART – Golfing

The following S.M.A.R.T. tips (Stretch, Move, Add it up, Reduce Strain, Talk to a physiotherapist) have been prepared for you by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) to help you get the most enjoyment out of a healthy and active golf season.

SMART – Gardening

These gardening safety tips have been prepared for you by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) to help you have a healthy and active gardening season. CPA recommends gardeners take the S.M.A.R.T. approach (Stretch, Move, Add it up, Reduce Strain, Talk to a physiotherapist) to ensure you get the most out of your gardening season.

Raking Relief

October 3, 2007 – At this time of year many homeowners will be getting their exercise by raking leaves. Raking is a physical activity that can help individuals stay active, but raking is often accompanied by the strains and pain associated with repetitive motions. Fortunately, raking injuries can be prevented by following a few guidelines. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) recommends that individuals pace themselves, use good posture and body mechanics, and adopt a good technique for raking.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue in the sole of the foot that supports the arch of the foot. It runs from the ball of the foot to the heel, stretching to its limit when the foot is on the ground and supporting your full body weight. When placed under excessive stress, the plantar fascia stretches too far and tears, resulting in inflammation.


Joints change with time, and as we age we experience aches and pains and a gradual loss of mobility. However, osteoarthritis, one of 150 different forms of arthritis, is not simply a matter of getting older. It is a degenerative process that results in relatively rapid deterioration of a joint. It generally affects people in their 60s and 70s, but can also occur among those in their 50s and younger.

Computer Ergonomics


In this highly computerized world, more and more people of all ages are experiencing aches and pains that come from sitting at a computer for long periods of time. These aches and pains are felt in the neck, shoulder, upper and lower back, wrist and elbow joints. In some cases, the nerves to the hand become compressed, causing weakness and/or tingling in the fingers. These symptoms can occur in the onset of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), which may include damage to tendons, muscles, nerves and other soft tissues from repeated physical movements over time.